South Charlotte

Examining the history of Matthews

On Sept. 30, the Matthews Historical Foundation will kick off a series of community meetings to explore the history of the Matthews area.

All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting will feature Rosemary Lands, who is retired from the Carolina Room, the local history department in the main branch of the public library. Lands will present a program on “Researching Your Genealogy.”

On Oct. 28, Paula Lester, author of the book “Discover Matthews,” will narrate a presentation that includes Matthews photos dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

On Nov. 3, the foundation will host their annual dinner party and fundraiser at Sante Restaurant. This year's proceeds will support the Clark House restoration.

There will be no monthly meeting in December or January.

The Matthews Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization, works to preserve Matthews's past.

They have restored and now maintain and operate the turn-of-the-century Reid House. They are about to start restoration on the Clark House, built in the mid-1800s, located at 232 N. Trade St. in downtown Matthews.